artisan pizza for lunch at Finns Victoria BC

Finns for Lunch

Lunch in Victoria, BC – with a Side of Spectacular Views

You’re downtown, you’re hungry, and everyone in your party is looking for something a little different. Not a problem! Enjoy lunch on the water with us and choose from our full menu, whether you’re looking for a quick lunch with colleagues, space for a business meeting, or a relaxing mid-day break from exploring all that our lovely city of Victoria has to offer.

From smaller share plates to a full meal, there’s an option for every appetite and all ages. Choose from surf, turf, and everything in between. Our chefs accommodate any dietary concern to ensure that your meal is absolutely perfect. Tacos, artisan pizzas, burgers, flavourful steamed seafood bowls… it’s all available starting at 11 AM on weekends and 11:30 AM on weekdays.  Finn’s offers the full menu all day long since diners prefer a wide variety, no matter what time it is.

Lunch tends to be on the lighter side with a main course salad, burger, or other type of sandwich. It’s really a personal preference as to what people want, but most often times guests will choose something like a salad, or a chowder. Or, they’ll come in with a crowd and ask for steamed crab or lobster. It really depends on what their appetite is and what they’re in the mood for, says Executive Chef Richard Luttman.

The chopped prawn salad is an oft-chosen favourite for lunch. It’s light enough for an afternoon meal but is piled high with succulent prawns, juicy baby tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese, egg, avocado, and broccoli all on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce and topped off with a house-made creamy tomato vinaigrette.

We also offer a traditional Caesar salad with house-made Caesar dressing. Or, try the Artisan Greens Fennel and Orange Salad with sunflower seeds, goat cheese and red wine vinaigrette. Add grilled chicken or fresh prawns to any salad for extra protein.

The seafood chowder is another favourite, often hailed as “the best seafood chowder in Victoria” by happy guests. With a creamy base loaded with fresh seafood, clams, flavourful bacon, leeks, and plenty of diced vegetables, this hearty dish of comfort is available in a small or large size to accommodate all appetites and comes as a starter or main course.

Settle inside the airy restaurant or stretch out on the patio overlooking the harbour and take a well-deserved break as you recharge your batteries with a delicious meal and million dollar view. Pair your meal with a drink and dessert, and leave refreshed and relaxed to take on the rest of the day, no matter what you have planned.

Some of the many comments we get from our customers: 

The view amazing. The food amazing. For a more quiet and intimate lunch, this is a must. The chef was definitely at his best.

mmears2018 from Calgary, Canada

 

At Finn’s you will not be disappointed. The staff was just awesome and the restaurant is in a historic setting that was just beautiful. Next time you are in Victoria this is the best place to eat. We will be back!

Karen B from Morinville, Canada

 

If you’re looking for a great lunch spot in Victoria BC, look no further than Finn’s Seafood, Chops & Cocktails, overlooking the inner harbour at 1208 Wharf Street.

Finns - best fish and chips in Victoria BC

Best Fish & Chips in Victoria

Think Finn’s for Fish and Chips in Victoria

Finns - best fish and chips in Victoria BC

As a top seafood restaurant in Victoria, BC, our fish and chips is a staple dish, and a popular choice among the young to the young at heart. No matter where you eat them, it’s easy to love the crisp batter and tender fish nestled inside. Earning rave reviews from locals and visitors from all over the world, at Finn’s, we aim to satisfy every single fish & chips fan with a crisp, delicious plate prepared the traditional way.

Being a harbour city with a distinctly British tone, Victoria, BC is a sea of Fish and Chips, offered everywhere from dockside food trucks to high-end restaurants. So what makes Finn’s fish and chips different?

“Fish and chips is a dish that not many diners choose to make at home. It’s hard to get right,” says Executive Chef Richard Luttman.

“What makes us different is that it’s all done fresh and in-house. We hand cut our fries, we fillet and prepare the fish in-house with a batter using local craft beer, and we also make our own fresh tartar sauce and coleslaw.  It’s simple, classic, and done well,” he adds.

When it comes to our fish and chips, we prepare a single large fillet of sustainably caught North Atlantic Haddock laid atop a bed of crispy, hand cut fries. Favoured for its more tender texture and sweeter taste than Cod, Haddock is preferred by many chefs for the most flavourful and meaty fish and chips.

Try substituting fries for Grana Padano Parmesan fries with fresh herbs and truffle aioli for another dimension of flavour.

… I had the fish and chips, not expecting to have a plate size portion of fish. It was deep fried, crispy outside and deliciously tender and fresh on the inside. It was served with a generous portion of fries and coleslaw. What a treat. I thought there would be no way I could eat all of it, but it was so light and tasty… well, I couldn’t refuse the full portion.  ~ Golfer4status, Salt Lake City, UT

A bit of history: Fish and chips is said to have begun in London in 1860, where it quickly took off as a preferred menu item. No one knows the true origin of this partnership, and it’s become impossible to separate fact from fiction at this point, but there are stories about chips starting in France or Belgium, and fried, battered fish being introduced into Britain by Portuguese or Spanish refugees, finally meeting in London.

It was a welcome change to the bland and prim diets and saw Britain through two world wars since fish and potatoes weren’t rationed. Whatever its true origin, the unstoppable duo has been served to people from all walks of life for around 150 years and this English classic is a winning combination for lunch or dinner.

….The food came promptly, was well prepared and pleased everyone. We had fish and chips, a classic that was done well. Cost was reasonable and good value. One of my favourite places in Victoria. Can’t go wrong.  ~ Angela W, Richmond, Canada

…My fish was fresh, tender and prepared just right. The batter was light and not greasy. The chips were cooked right and not greasy or overly seasoned. Their homemade coleslaw was also very good, light and not runny or soggy with lots of flavor. ~ borninthebronx54, Greenville, SC

Check out Finn’s full menu.

 

thai coconut curry mussels at finns seafood restaurant victoria bc

Finn’s – a (Sea)Foodie’s Delight

Seafood lovers know what they want—a wide selection of the freshest, tastiest, seafood possible. Whether you’re a local or visiting Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for the first time, you’re going to want to try BC seafood. Finn’s seafood restaurant is home to a large selection of local and sustainably caught seafood for the freshest fare. From made-from-scratch fish and chips to the wild BC salmon fillet elegantly prepared with lobster oil and a cider and leek cream sauce, the seafood dishes range from the traditional to the more contemporary to suit every taste.

Below are just a few of Finn’s favourite seafood dishes:

Lobster and Crab

If shellfish is what you’re after, try the steamed Atlantic lobster or steamed local Dungeness crab. For the classic seafood enthusiast, Atlantic lobster and local crab are taken straight from live tanks and cooked to perfection on the spot. Served with drawn butter, charred lemon, seasonal vegetables, and steamed baby potatoes sliced into medallions tossed with butter and fresh herbs, this is an always fresh and unforgettable meal.  This dish will invoke memories of childhood summers spent crabbing off the docks or of rowdy East Coast celebrations centred around steaming lobster and melted garlic butter.

Musselsthai coconut curry mussels at finns seafood restaurant victoria bc

Fresh steamed mussels are another West Coast favourite. Larger than clams and with a delicate meaty texture, mussels lend themselves to many different flavours, with your choice of three delicious sauces: Thai Red Coconut Curry; Cilantro, Leek and Carrots or the classic White Wine and Garlic.

Pan Seared Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a menu staple among seafood lovers everywhere.  These crab cakes are packed with real crab meat, pan-seared to a golden brown and served with a delectable avocado lime sour cream and nestled in a bed of fresh greens. Perfect as a starter or small meal on their own, our guests rave about this satisfying dish.

People do love the crab cakes:

…It’s a starter and perfect to hold you over until dinner time. They’re rich and seared to a satisfying crunch, served with an avocado, slightly-spicy mayo, accompanied by a small green salad with cherry tomatoes. Yum!! – Karen P. Wilmington, DE

We came with several friends for dinner and everyone loved their meals. The crab cakes were wonderful (the best I’ve ever had) – Marjorie C

Panko Fried Oysters

Order the panko fried oysters and be prepared to share with the rest of the table. Addictively good, these are made with only the freshest locally sourced Premium oysters. These gems are coated in a light, crispy batter, and served with lemon and house-made tartar sauce. Enjoy them with a crisp salad (try the Artisan Greens Fennel and Orange salad) to complete your meal.

Wild Prawn Tacoswild prawn tacos at finns seafood restaurant victoria bc

Available as an appetizer or served as a full meal with your choice of field greens or hand-cut fries, the Wild Prawn Tacos are always a hit. Loaded with plump wild prawns, sweet grilled pineapple, salsa verde, shredded cabbage for extra crunch, and a side of spicy chipotle aioli, they’re a crowd favourite for sharing or for keeping all to yourself.

Fresh Iced Oysters

Last but definitely not least are oysters on a half shell. Available any time of day, you can choose from a half dozen local Premium or Superior iced oysters on the half shell, served simply with cocktail sauce, fresh horseradish, and lemon.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. See Finn’s full menu.

Want even more seafood? At Finn’s, you can treat yourself and add your choice of lobster tail, ½ pound of Alaskan King Crab legs, or wild prawns to your meal.

Here’s what some people have to say about Finn’s seafood:

…The drinks were good, the food was even better. The portions are huge but we managed to eat almost every bite. My hubby is a bit of a seafood (or foodie) from numerous travels overseas) so he was very pleased when he took his first bite. All of us were satisfied for our cravings and a great time was had. – CarmenV3, Fall City, WA

I wanted to have a decent meal in Victoria and I got an excellent one. The best seafood chowder I have ever had, followed by two lobster tails on a bed of mash with vegetables. This meal was rounded off with an orange and vanilla bean curd with fresh raspberries. Never has a meal on this trip made me so happy. – Aussie135, London, UK.

If you’re into seafood, be sure to check out Finn’s Seafood, Chops & Cocktails restaurant (https://www.finnsvictoria.com) at 1208 Wharf Street overlooking the harbour in beautiful Victoria, BC next time you’re visiting Vancouver Island.

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Classic Cocktails on Wharf Street

Taking in Views of the Harbour While Sipping Classic Cocktails | Victoria, BC

At Finn’s restaurant, as we do with our seafood, steaks, and chops, we source the best ingredients for our cocktails. We mix our signature drinks using top-shelf alcohol, fresh juices, and juicy garnishes. Our casual, friendly atmosphere and stunning views make Finn’s the ideal place for cocktails in Victoria.

Finns Victoria BC - Mojito Cocktail

Finn’s Mojito Cocktail

Finn’s Favourite Cocktails

We like to keep our cocktails simple, classic, strong and cold – and these definitely fit the bill. Enjoy your drink as you catch up with family and friends, celebrate a special event or as you’re relaxing on our deck overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

The “Barely Legal” Finn’s Martini
James Bond would approve of this twist on a classic martini. There’s a reason it’s called a “Barely Legal” Martini. We pour a heavy-handed 3 ounces of Smirnoff Vodka or Tanqueray Gin and top with Vermouth. Then we shake ’er up and serve your martini straight-up with olives or a lemon twist. Also available ‘dry’ (less Vermouth), ‘wet’ (more Vermouth), or ‘dirty’ (with olive juice).

Level up! Try it with Grey Goose Vodka or Hendricks Gin.

Finn’s Margarita
This classic cocktail is one of our most popular drinks. We combine fresh-squeezed lime juice with tequila and triple sec, shake it up and pour it over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.

Liven up your margarita!
Try 1800 Reposado Reserva Tequila to take your margarita to the next level.

mexican bulldog at finns restaurant victoria bc

Mexican Bulldog @ Finn’s

Finn’s Mojito
Experience this traditional Cuban cocktail – a tasty combination of sweet, citrus, and mint. A mojito is an uncomplicated drink, having only five ingredients: rum, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and fresh mint. Many consider it to be the perfect cocktail for a relaxing day on the patio.

In addition to our classic cocktails listed above, we also serve a stellar Caesar, an enchanting Cosmopolitan and a superb Negroni.  Add to that, our Refreshing Tipples section which include cocktails such as the Grapefruit Splasher, Pimm’s & Rangpur and the Mexican Bulldog.

While Finn’s champions a good cocktail, we also carry a good selection of VQA BC wines, local craft beers on tap as well as some international favourites. View Finn’s full drink menu.

If you’re in Victoria for classic cocktails with a view, you can’t go wrong at Finn’s RestaurantReserve a table today or drop by and see us at 1208 Wharf Street.

mason jar key lime pie from Finns restaurant

Delectably Delicious Desserts Down by the Harbour

Decadent Desserts on Wharf Street in Victoria

There doesn’t need to be a special occasion to order one of Finn’s decadent desserts. Our Executive Chef, Richard Luttman, has devised all kinds of ways to tempt you and your sweet tooth. Whether you like rich, chocolate ganache or you prefer something a little tarter, you’re bound to find a dessert or two you won’t be able to resist.

 

mason jar key lime pie from Finns restaurant

Finn’s Mason Jar Key Lime Pie

Mason Jar “Key Lime Pie”

Add a little sweetness to your day and try our Mason Jar “Key Lime Pie”. Made in-house with the freshest ingredients, we’ve taken the traditional Key Lime pie and put a twist on it. Our “pie” has a creamy centre made with real lime juice and a coconut crumble bottom. We top it with whipped cream and a slice of fresh lime. The twist? It’s served in a small mason jar!

Flourless Chocolate Ganache

Our Flourless Chocolate Ganache is moist, dense and chocolatey – the dream of every chocoholic. We make it with rich chocolate and mix it into a creamy texture so it’s almost like eating fudge! We top it with a house-made caramel sauce and sprinkle it with sea salt. Truly a feast for your taste buds!

If you’re looking for mouth-watering desserts coupled with a delectable view, Finn’s has a variety of sweet eats to tempt you! Try our Potted Orange & Vanilla Bean Cream topped with fresh raspberries and raspberry coulis or our Vanilla Brûlée Cheesecake. Or if you’d prefer, we also have an assortment of sorbet to choose from.

 

Located on Wharf Street, overlooking the Inner Harbour, Finn’s restaurant is the perfect setting for drinks and dessert.

Finn’s Restaurant - A Fresh Approach to a Stale Marketplace

Finn’s Restaurant – A Fresh Approach to a Stale Marketplace

New Victoria, BC Seafood Restaurant on Wharf Street

In today’s fast-paced hospitality sector restaurants are working harder than ever to thrive or, more likely, just barely survive, and for those who do make it long enough to truly compete, the marketplace continues to become increasingly crowded.

Victoria, British Columbia, is seeing consumers increasingly choosing to avoid the downtown core in favour of edge of town shopping centres with ample parking, making the climate for new downtown restaurants even more improbable. So why would anyone choose to enter this space, and how could they possibly expect to succeed?new Victoria BC Seafood Restaurant

David Cooper, owner and CEO of South Island Hospitality helps shed some light on the subject: “We are in this business because of our love of food, and our deep commitment to our people and our customers. If we didn’t love it we wouldn’t stand a chance.”

On Canada Day, 2017, South Island Hospitality opened Finn’s Restaurant in one of the city’s most coveted heritage buildings in the heart of downtown on the inner harbour. “Of course we love our location, but it’s just not enough to have a beautiful heritage restaurant space overlooking the harbour, we have to be about more than that” says Cooper. “Our goal with Finn’s is to create a centre of excellence in our kitchen team by developing talent in an environment that offers genuine careers and opportunities for growth”. This is hardly a new concept, but it certainly is unusual to see it applied to a restaurant which falls outside of the exclusive, “high end” category. “Our people are at the heart of what we do, and how we do it, That’s our most important investment. We provide full medical and dental health benefits for every full time kitchen employee, from the dishwasher to the chef, as well as employee awards to recognize achievement, ongoing training, and for those who want to challenge themselves further, a company paid Red Seal chef apprenticeship program”.

So how has the local community responded? “Locals have been unbelievably supportive. We still haven’t done any marketing, because we are finishing up our washroom renovations and expansion of our harbour front patio, but thanks to the dedication of our kitchen and front of house teams we are already seeing locals coming back and bringing their friends. All our team members are invested in our mission, and they have made it possible for us to cover a huge amount of ground in a very short time. No matter how tight this market is, people will always respond to great food and great service in a warm inviting atmosphere”.

So if you find yourself in downtown Victoria drop in at Finn’s and see how they are doing in pursuit of their lofty goals. At the very least you can experience a refreshing approach to an often cynical business, while sipping on your cocktail and admiring Victoria’s beautiful inner harbour.